A night to make a difference

What if it was enough to walk for a night to prevent more cancers, fund more research projects and support more people living with the disease across Quebec?

The Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is an overnight walk to celebrate life, remember people living with the disease and fight against all cancers. Donors, partners, walkers, volunteers: everybody has a good reason to be involved in this event that brings people together. For Simon Paquin, president of the Relay For Life organizing committee in Terrebonne-Mascouche, it’s the loss of his grandfather which inspired him to make a difference: “I was very close to my grandfather who had the same birthday as mine. When he died of bone cancer on the eve of our birthday, it was devastating for me. Before each Relay For Life, I make a mental list of all those for whom I walk. The first who comes to mind is my grandfather. The best way to remember all those we’ve lost is to continue to fight and never give up,” says Simon.

40,000 participants across Quebec

This year, the 88 Relay For Life events that will take place across the province will attract no less than 40,000 participants. This fundraising activity – the most important in the country – has helped raise $127 million since its first edition in 2001. The money collected is used to prevent cancer, fund research and support those living with cancer across Quebec. Media host Dominic Arpin, who was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2013, is the Relay For Life spokesperson. “I’m happy to see that my experience is helping other people. I want to give back to others the hope that so many of them gave to me.”

And you, who are you walking for?

This year, take concrete action in the fight against all cancers. Come and walk with us in the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay For Life during a magical night that brings people together. Together, we can make a difference. Let’s save more lives.

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